Five military members in North Carolina suffered serious injuries after a collision in Scotland County. The soldiers were on their way to serve as honor guard at a veteran's funeral on Jan. 3 when they were struck by a logging truck. It appears that the driver of the van, who is also an active-duty military member, failed to yield while crossing a major road, driving into oncoming traffic and the path of the larger vehicle. The 22-year-old driver of the van received traffic citations for his role in the truck accident.
Official reports show that the logging truck was traveling at about 55 mph when it struck the van, which was carrying the driver and nine passengers. Five soldiers were critically injured in the wreck, as they were trapped for more than a half-hour. Emergency crews were required to extricate those victims from the vehicle using rescue equipment. At least one of the victims, age 26, was listed in critical condition after being transported to a local hospital. Several other victims were treated and released, while others remain hospitalized in 'critical but stable' condition.
Officials say that the van was demolished in the collision, during which the vehicle was flipped onto its side and pushed more than 70 feet down the road. The 42-year-old driver of the logging truck is not facing any criminal charges in the matter. That driver suffered minor injuries at the scene but was not transported to the hospital.
Even though the driver of the truck in this instance is not facing criminal charges, he could be subject to a civil claim related to negligence. The driver of the van may also be targeted by the victims in civil court, along with a variety of other entities that could have been responsible for the truck crash. Victims who are harmed by others' negligence deserve financial compensation to pay for their injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress, among other civil claims.
Source: The News and Observer, "Fort Bragg soldiers injured in van-truck accident, some critically" Andrew Kenney, Jan. 03, 2014